Ok I started this blog post nearly a year ago to the day on 1 Feb 2018 . I’m pleased to learn that I’m not fickle as I thought as this post is still very much valid in my mind. However it also demonstrates that perhaps I need to upload & share some of these blogs and stop procrastinating.
I don’t do patterns. I don’t own any patterned clothes. My wardrobe is black, white, grey. Then a splash of yellow & orange with some acid colours for good measure in the summer but still then only block colours; never patterned. When it’s totally up to me my events are usually similar – ultra contemporary, not fussy. However the plates are shifting & I’m loving the ethnic boho vibe with all those patterns & textures, These aren’t necessarily new: they’ve been around for years. But this mix really started to take hold at the end of 2017. I really think this one is here to stay for a while. More about why I think that later.
How it always was for me
My home has always been a stripped-back, clinical white space. We lived in a loft apartment for 9 years which was basically a split level white box. No picture on the wall. Only one photo (our wedding) displayed. No identity. I’m not sure why other than it always felt too cluttered with different colours & ‘things’ everywhere else. Even when I was really young every detail had to be matching. Even my little battery alarm clock wasn’t spared. It had to be painted black or white to match everything else. Yikes.. OK: I was strangely into interior design & style from a very young age.
What we’re moving towards now
Don’t get me wrong I’ll always have a place for a strong contemporary looks. But perhaps I’m craving a little more comfort. These boho patterns & textures are part of the bigger picture. Which is the growing use of natural materials. Woven goods are huge right now. Every cheese plant is feeling right at home in a woven basket. Natural wooden floors look fantastic with a zigzagged patterned black & white rug. Yes I said ‘look fantastic’ in the same sentence as zigzagged pattern.. My husband would have though I had a guest writer in if I had actually published this last year before I started dropping the Z word into conversations Haha. So a move towards wicker, cane, anything woven, rattan, tan leathers, wool & natural fibres is the way forward.
Well it’s a solid change. It’s not news that I’ve love plants. Not flowers so much, just for the record, but the big phat (is that actually a word? seems somehow appropriate here) leafy strong greens. I’ve gone on about this in previous blogs so there’s no need to go there. But it’s more than that. It’s the shift to sustainable products. We are becoming aware of what we use and it’s spreading to our surroundings too. We’re thinking about where our purchases come from & we’re becoming more conscious.
Get the look
Ok so this is a full on go of the boho & Moroccan pattern look & a bit much for me. That throw is a bit of a problem. Parts of it would look great on events however. In the right setting of course. Placing lots of these traditional tan leather Pouffe would be the bones of a fab event! I’m not going to say I’ll be bringing the pouffe home any time soon that would be a step too far
Boho patterns and textures
Photo from : Etsy
For myself personally however a toned down a version of the patterns and concrete (Yes of course I still adore concrete) textures can be brought right into the modern home. Drag in that sophistication of the good old Scandi magic and we’re heading towards an absolute winning formula.
Ok if you’re still not sure I’ll meet you in the middle. How about the below. Add in some more creature comforts for y’all, Ideally it won’t be complete without a frayed rattan light shade and some cane furniture and then you’re on!
Image from : Delight collective Pinterest
But if you want to stick with me and throw ultra modern into the old 70’s look and that’s where we’re going with this look.
Photo credit : One kings lane